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It's a Winn, win result for Burbank High softball against Glendale

April 17, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burbank High's Lily Winn was four for four with two triples and a double in the Bulldogs' 13-1 five-inning victory over Glendale on Thursday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Burbank High's Lily Winn was four for four with two…

GLENDALE — Burbank High softball Coach Mike Delaney and Glendale Coach Greg Martin walked into distinctly different situations when they took over their respective programs this season.

For Delaney, a longtime coach at Village Christian, he took over a squad fresh off winning a Pacific League championship and chalk full of experienced players, including a standout junior pitcher in All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area Player of the Year Caitlyn Brooks.

Conversely, Martin inherited a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2013 after placing fifth and half the players on the roster were underclassmen.

It was the Bulldogs’ experience, coupled with some mistakes from the young Nitros that played large parts in Burbank notching a 13-1 Pacific League victory Thursday at Glendale. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Burbank (15-3, 6-0 in league) came into Thursday’s game focused and tried not to be too overconfident, even though it’s ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division III while riding a 13-game winning streak and outscoring league opponents, 70-2.

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The Bulldogs were determined not to look past any league opponent after hearing that Burroughs — the No. 8 team in the division — lost to Arcadia on Tuesday. Glendale (11-4, 3-3) defeated the Apaches, 7-5, on April 10.

“I think that Burroughs loss to Arcadia was a wake-up call for our players,” said Delaney, whose team last lost March 14 in the High Desert Classic to West Ranch, 5-2. “It just proved that at any given time that anybody can beat anybody. We really tried to bring that point home [Wednesday] in practice that you just can’t show up in this league and expect to win.

“I think they really responded to that and that was kind of a motivator for us [Thursday].”

Although Burbank was obviously the dominant team Thursday, the Nitros didn’t do themselves any favors, as errors and miscues in the outfield helped lead to a majority of the Bulldogs’ runs.

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